Website spoofing refers to fraudulent websites that masquerade as legitimate sites by copying the design of the website as well as in some cases utilizing a URL similar to the real site.
A spoofed website will typically copy some or all of a legitimate website’s fonts, colors and layout, as well as images and logos used on the site in order to make the spoofed site look as authentic as possible.
What’s Behind Website Spoofing Attempts?
While some website spoofing serves to spread fake news or simply parody legitimate sites or stories, in more nefarious cases cybercriminals rely on website spoofing and other techniques like email spoofing to mislead consumers into sharing private details like credit card information or their social security number.
In these cases, visitors are typically lured in via an email scam or search result, and when they enter any form information on the spoofed website, it is logged and recorded on the cybercriminals’ servers.